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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 5, 2019 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

Well, this is a fine show (no shit huh) and the new Dave's is indeed good . It is amazing how many short(er) songs make up the first sets form this era ! Almost an hour and a half till we get to the first extended thing ("H.C. Sunshine") . Two more, then a 20 min. "Playin" . An 18 song first set . I know this is the norm for this period , but it is sure different from the post hiatus sets, were the"average" songs got longer, and the number of songs, shorter, like 7, or 8 . That last third of the show is the winner, of course . That big jam that hints at "Dark Star" near the start then goes all sorts of places till it does lead to a beautiful "pocket Dark Star , into "Sing Me Back Home" . I think by this point Garcia is tired, and he takes a more quiet, gentle take . Donna does her "Come alive" part like a the more usual versions, but after the solo she catches on where Jerry is taking it , and tones it down . God, this is so beautiful, it's like the whole concert built toward this . I was deeply moved .

This post was modified by Dudley Dead on 2019-11-06 01:45:13

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Nov 5, 2019 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

I couldn't agree more. I'm really enjoying this Dave's pick.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Nov 5, 2019 5:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

So far, I've only listened to the last few songs of the first set (starting at the beginning of CD2). Loser struck me primarily for how heartfelt Jerry's rendition was. That and your comments on Sing Me Back Home suggest that he was in an emotional mood that night.

What most struck me about Playing in the Band is how rich the ensemble playing is during the jam, and how Jerry (if I'm not reading too much into it) intentionally dials back his playing for a while to let everyone else shine. Also, Phil's sound in the mix is wonderfully rich, and in the little bit I've listened to so far, Bill is very creative and also pleasantly high in the mix. This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2019-11-06 01:36:20

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Poster: Reade Date: Nov 6, 2019 5:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

Not reading too much into it at all..

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Poster: Len13 Date: Nov 6, 2019 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

Yes, having attended shows at this time period, there were definite moments in the course on an evening when the music conjured up a deeply emotional, somewhat solemn, atmosphere. In it's historical context this show was played only two weeks after Pigpen's passing...I distinctly remember the powerfully somber, yet playful mood that hung over certain key moments of shows during this time. It went well beyond giving He's Gone a new meaning... It is hard to imagine the full impact of Pigpens departure, but for a time it was palpably present in the air around the music.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Nov 6, 2019 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

I didn/t think of that, but you are right, I think that was a factor .

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 8, 2019 2:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some 3/24/73 thoughts .

Superior sound quality, really comes alive how well you can hear each instrument in PITB and Here Comes Sunshine (which stands out to me for being one of the better sung versions....it's almost always well jammed but a lot of other versions contain some cringe-worthy harmonizing on the "Here comes sunshine" group chorus--looking mostly at you Donna & Phil) but on this one they all hold back a bit on that part and it's better for the restraint...also the Jam which becomes a Spanish Jam heading into Li'l Dark Star is just sensational. That trio alone would be worth it. Good call & I can hardly believe that my favorite all time show is the next one. Dave's on a good run! ;-)